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During her senior year at Mishicot (Wis.) High School, Emily Lensmire whittled down her college finalists to two: Lakeland College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

In the end, Emily decided Lakeland was the place for her. But cost was a factor. Lakeland’s private, liberal arts education is more expensive on the surface than state-funded and federally subsidized UWGB.

Then Emily learned about, applied for and received one of Lakeland’s many endowed scholarships, and the decision to follow her heart became an easy one.

“I was very happy and excited when Lakeland told me I was receiving the scholarship,” said Emily, the recipient of the half-tuition, half-room and board Nash Family Scholarship. “I was torn between UW-Green Bay and Lakeland, but I liked Lakeland more. Without this scholarship from Lakeland, I’d have a much bigger student loan and I’d be paying it off longer.”

Emily, a freshman who is majoring in marketing and Spanish, said she loves Lakeland and knows she picked the right school for her.

“I really enjoy the environment here,” she said. “The people, the professors; everyone is so friendly. It has a real family feel.”

Emily said she’s grateful to the Nash family.

“I think it’s great the way they are giving back to the community,” Emily said. “It’s very generous of them to think of others this way and help young people get through college.”

Asked what she’d say if she ever meets the people whose donations help fund her education, Emily smiled and said, “I’d just like to say ‘Thank you. Thank you very, very much.’ ”

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